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Postgraduate Course: Cities of Literature: Metropolitan Modernities (PG Version) (ENLI11208)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will introduce students to the various ways in which cities around the world have been imagined, experienced and represented, enabling students to explore the inter-relationship between modernity and urban environments through twentieth-century and contemporary literature and film. This course is jointly taught with undergraduate students.
Course description This team-taught course will introduce students to the various ways in which cities around the world have been imagined, experienced and represented. Covering cities prominent in Western modernist arts and literature (London, Paris, New York) as well as postcolonial cities (Johannesburg, Fort de France) and imagined cities (Calvino's Venice, Batman's Gotham), the course will give a sense of the diverse ways in which expressions of modernity are intimately linked to the idea and the experience of the city. Beginning with Walter Benjamin's explorations of walking in the city, the course will consider such key figures as the flaneur, the outsider, the migrant, the detective, and the criminal, while key themes will include psychogeography, the aesthetics of urban decay, and the city as text, as archive, as spectral, and as divided. Primary texts will include literary, film and visual material, from Benjamin to J.G. Ballard via Virginia Woolf, W.G. Sebald and Christopher Nolan.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  3
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 4000 Word Essay (100%)
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Undergraduate Cities of Literature: Metropolitan Modernities (ENLI10366) You can amend course details, enrolment requirements and course instances below this preview. Overview Delivery Information Learning Outcomes Reference Data Print Organiser Dr David Farrier P: (0131 6)50 3607 Secretary Mrs Anne Mason P: (0131 6)50 3618By the end of the course each student will be able to demonstrate their understanding of critical issues in relation to the city as a crucial site in the production of modern literature and modernity.
  2. By the end of the course each student will be able to speak and write fluently about these issues in relation to the primary texts, and the global, socio-historical contexts in which they are embedded.
  3. By the end of the course each student will be able to apply a range of relevant literary theories, such as spatial theory, feminist literary criticism, postcolonialism, postmodernism and trauma theory, to the primary texts on the course, and evaluate these theories in relation to each other.
  4. By the end of the course each student will be able to articulate how their own thinking about the key course issues has developed.
  5. By the end of the course each student will be able to reflect constructively on good learning and research practice.
Reading List
Compulsory Primary Texts:
Jean Rhys, Quartet
Ivan Vladislavich, Portrait with Keys
Christopher Isherwood, Goodbye to Berlin
Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities
Robert Louis Stevenson, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde
Virginia Woolf, Mrs Dalloway
Patrick Chamoiseau, Texaco
Paul Auster, The New York Trilogy
W.G. Sebald, Austerlitz

Recommended Reading:
Marc Auge, Non-Places
Walter Benjamin, The Arcades Project / Paris: Capital of the Nineteenth Century
Gary Bridge and Sophie Watson, eds., Blackwell Companion to the City
Michel De Certau, The Practice of Everyday Living (vol. 1)
Mike Davies, Planet of Slums
James Donald, Imaging the Modern City
Desmond Harding, Writing the City: Urban Visions and Literary Modernism
John McLeod, Postcolonial London
Kevin McNamara, The Cambridge Companion to the City in Literature
Achille Mbembe and Sarah Nuttall, Johannesburg: The Elusive Metropolis
Angel Rama, The Lettered City
Abdu Malique Simone, For the City Yet To Come
Tony Tanner, Venice Desired
Andrew Thacker, Modernism, Space and the City
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements Jointly taught with ENLI10366
Course organiserDr Simon Cooke
Tel: (0131 6)51 3996
Course secretaryMrs Anne Budo
Tel: (0131 6)50 4161
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